Scotland’s Cruikshanks Boutique B&B, Yorkshire’s Old Town Hall and Northern Ireland’s Causeway Lodge scoop AA Guest Accommodation of the Year at the annual AA Hotel & Hospitality Services AA B&B Awards.
“I’d like to congratulate this year’s winning B&BS for their continued hard-work and for delivering a fantastic service,” said AA Hospitality & Services managing director Simon Numphud.
“B&B’s are an integral part of the British hospitality industry.”
The five categories ranged from the friendliest to the most unique. But all winning establishments have been chosen due to their impeccable service and superb offering.
AA GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR:
Cruikshanks Boutique B&B – Isle of Arran
Nanette Cowieson, co-owner of Cruikshanks Boutique B&B, said: “Although Rob (owner) loves to pull my leg about my innately American preoccupation with winning, the really wonderful thing is being recognised for something that both of us have worked towards for many years – a special guest destination,”
Old Town Hall – Leyburn, North Yorkshire
Louise Clarke owner of Old Town Hall, said: “We are surprised, shocked and delighted to have won this prestigious award from the AA. When we started two and half years ago we never imagined we would be recognised by such a highly regarded organisation for doing something we enjoy. We look forward to sharing this amazing news with our guests and local suppliers.”
Causeway Lodge – Bushmills, County Antrim
Anne Taggart owner of Causeway Lodge, said: “The Guest Accommodation of the Year is a wonderful accolade to have won, and we are thrilled to have been chosen by the AA – all of our hard work has paid off, and being recognised at the top means everything.”
Rhedyn Guest House – Builth Wells, Powys
Muiread O Connell, owner of Rhedyn Guest House, said: “It’s so nice to think that our efforts have been recognised. To be honest we’re overawed, but also really delighted. We think there is no secret in running a B&B – it’s about making guests feel like they are staying with friends; making them feel like they are being cared for; and making them feel like someone has gone that extra mile for them.”
AA FRIENDLIEST B&B OF THE YEAR
The Temple Bar Inn – Hereford, Herefordshire scooped AA Friendliest B&B of the Year, Fosse Farmhouse, Castle Combe, Wiltshire, took home the AA B&B Story of the Year, the AA Unique B&B of the Year went to 25 Boutique B&B, Torquay, Devon and the AA Restaurant with Rooms of the Year was awarded to Long Melford Swan, Long Melford, Suffolk.